Reactivated Clinton Global Initiative ready to save a ‘burning’ world

Former US President Bill Clinton sees a world plagued by conflict and tension and is convinced that he has just the means to save it.

That’s why he’s calling on “governments, businesses, philanthropies and other leading institutions” to support the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the meeting of international leaders, when it meets on Monday for the first time since 2016. .

Those who attend will meet a host of celebrities along the way.

This year’s guest list includes Matt Damon, Bono, Ashley Judd, Robin Wright and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Laurene Powell Jobs, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Jose Andres and Queen Rania from Jordan.

File/Bono, lead singer, U2 at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel in New York City. He will return this year to offer more advice on saving a planet in peril. (Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)

Clinton, president of the United States from 1993 to 2001, said he was “amazed” by the massive response to the resumption of the event after the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The world is on fire in different ways,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. “But there are a lot of things businesses, non-governmental groups and governments working together can do to help solve a lot of these problems.”

A subset of the Clinton Foundation, the CGI “convenes global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according to its website.

“Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and develop commitments to action — specific, measurable new plans that address global challenges,” says he of himself.

The Clinton Global Initiative ended in 2016 when Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign.

The previous year, donations fell 37% amid allegations that Clinton used the charity to solicit millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments and companies in return for favorable treatment. to these entities while she was Secretary of State.

Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer exposed one such deal, known as the Uranium One deal, and other dealings between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department in his book. Clinton Treasurywhich caused a flurry of media coverage of the foundation’s actions on both sides of the ideological spectrum.

Now the CGI is ready to go again and will meet September 19-21 in New York.

Past events have featured celebrity speakers and prominent business executives such as Ben Affleck, Bono, and former Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

The initiative has also been sponsored by major corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Blackstone Group, Laureate Education, Monsanto and Standard Chartered Bank.

Reactivated Clinton Global Initiative ready to save a 'burning' world

Chelsea Clinton (L) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) listen to former President Bill Clinton speak during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Conference at the University of Chicago on October 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois . The Clintons addressed the next generation of global warming leaders. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Reactivated Clinton Global Initiative ready to save a 'burning' world

Former President Bill Clinton speaks to students at the Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action as more than 600 young people prepare to participate in Day of Action activities throughout the city of Boston on 15 October 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

This year, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss approaches to creating gender equality with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, actor and philanthropist Robin Wright and others.

The three Clintons will speak about partnerships focused on common humanity alongside Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, U2 singer Bono and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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